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(WSVN Miami)   Not news: Police officer catches shoplifter. FARK: Instead of arresting her, pays the store for the groceries she was stealing to feed her kids   (wsvn.com) divider line 209
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2013-10-23 10:55:08 AM
But hey, this being Fark I'm sure he deserves to get shot or something.
 
2013-10-23 11:11:59 AM
Sad situation all around.  Hope the mother is able to find a job and not have to steal again.  And a cop that actually did a nice deed!!!    I guess that's why it made the news.
 
2013-10-23 11:15:14 AM
I bet she has a refrigerator.  Moocher.
 
2013-10-23 11:32:46 AM

change1211: But hey, this being Fark I'm sure he deserves to get shot or something.


Please, won't somebody think of the police!
 
2013-10-23 11:33:49 AM
Stealing $300 worth of food, though?  I'm guessing there was a lot of shiat in there that wasn't needed.
 
2013-10-23 11:34:03 AM

change1211: But hey, this being Fark I'm sure he deserves to get shot or something.



Nah.  Thief just scammed one more person.  Good for her, I guess.
 
2013-10-23 11:34:03 AM
"She said she found herself in a situation where she looked at her the children, "


wat?
 
2013-10-23 11:34:28 AM
They don't make Javerts like they used to ...

/24601, biatch!
 
2013-10-23 11:34:49 AM
This story reeks of bullshiat.
 
2013-10-23 11:35:13 AM
who paid for her giant tattoo?
 
2013-10-23 11:35:23 AM
That is a lot of beef jerky and icing.
 
2013-10-23 11:36:40 AM
There was a followup on the local news this morning.  A local charity stepped in to get her some more groceries, and she has accepted a job offer.
 
2013-10-23 11:36:41 AM

UberDave: I bet she has a refrigerator.  Moocher.


And a toilet.
 
2013-10-23 11:36:46 AM
She put the groceries into her new mustang and drove home happily.
 
2013-10-23 11:36:53 AM
If you feed them they'll just keep coming back. You gotta swat 'em on the nose with a rolled up newspaper, or squirt them with a water bottle....
 
2013-10-23 11:36:57 AM
She needs to stop making kids if she can't feed them.
 
2013-10-23 11:37:20 AM

change1211: But hey, this being Fark I'm sure he deserves to get shot or something.


The officer was not LAPD
 
2013-10-23 11:37:57 AM
If I was caught shoplifting, I suppose I'd say the same thing.  I'm just surprised the cop fell for it.  I mean, he must be new and have not heard the same story 80 times that day.
 
2013-10-23 11:37:58 AM
3 days later: She turns out to live in a small mansion with tens of thousands in savings from do gooders. She just steals for the fun
 
2013-10-23 11:38:12 AM
The problem is, 20 other poor mothers are going to see this story and go out shoplifting, hoping for the same result.  You should never reward any activity you want to discourage.
 
2013-10-23 11:38:19 AM

95629: She needs to stop making kids if she can't feed them.


Seems like she CAN feed them. Didn't you read the story? She just got 300 bucks worth of groceries.
 
2013-10-23 11:38:29 AM
Sometimes officer discretion is a good thing.
 
2013-10-23 11:39:34 AM

ralanprod: There was a followup on the local news this morning.  A local charity stepped in to get her some more groceries, and she has accepted a job offer.


This makes me happy.

/spending this friday packing up grocery boxes at one of our local food banks
 
2013-10-23 11:39:38 AM
I used to for for CVS for 8 years. I was an Asst Manager  of the store..  50% of my time was watching/catching shoplifters.. The more farking locks and anti-theft shiat we put on things the more they would try to steal it.  Very rarely was it for actual good. The most rage inducing was the people stealing baby formula.. They would steal it then drive down to Camden and sell it for $$ to a mom and pop bodega and buy drugs with it. Then there was the homeless people who would steal mouthwash to get drunk off of..

The most famous shoplifter we had was called "Monistat Man".. He got away with walking in with a foil lined shopping bag and filling it with vagina treatments twice before the police finally caught him.  The reason is the boxes are relatively small but a insanely high retail price for their size.  A $15 box of vag treatment will net $5 cash sold to a place in Camden.
 
2013-10-23 11:40:41 AM
Hang, I think I've seen this commercial. She's selling cellphone service or something, right?
 
2013-10-23 11:41:04 AM
Nobody got shot. Nobody got tazed. Nobody got arrested. I'm shocked that she wasn't fired.
 
2013-10-23 11:41:18 AM
The comments section on that article are gold. Someone called her a "ghetto hood rat with tattoos on her titties." There's some religious nut on there who started quoting Bible versus, then said the woman wouldn't have been helped if she were black. Priceless.
 
2013-10-23 11:41:50 AM
topcon: "Stealing $300 worth of food, though?"

That's the difference between an inexperienced person doing crime 'wrong' and a career criminal who only steals $40-60 worth of shiat, because they're totally comfortable with the idea of shoplifting whatever else they need whenever else they need it. So it actually jives with the story that she's a good person in a desperate situation.
 
2013-10-23 11:42:12 AM
FTA:  "she charged her with a misdemeanor and a notice to appear"

Isn't that what would have likely happened if they'd made the trip to the police station anyway?
 
2013-10-23 11:42:29 AM

Evil Mackerel: That is a lot of beef jerky and icing.


A lot but not enough. There's never enough jerky.
 
2013-10-23 11:43:11 AM
next week:

officer fired for dereliction of duty.
 
2013-10-23 11:44:59 AM

topcon: Stealing $300 worth of food, though?  I'm guessing there was a lot of shiat in there that wasn't needed.


If she is raising her kids vegan and gluten-free, this might have just been two or three items.
 
2013-10-23 11:46:51 AM
As long as I'm occasionally giving it to people that truly need it, I don't mind being swindled out of a little cash every now and again.

But since this thread sounds like it's full of Tea Party members, I'm sure people will get at me for redistributing my wealth.


/Okay, so it's more like $1.74 and a bag of cheetos than actual wealth...
 
2013-10-23 11:47:08 AM
This is why the Tea Baggers attacked Food Stamps -- so there'd be heartwarming stories.
 
2013-10-23 11:47:43 AM

change1211: But hey, this being Fark I'm sure he deserves to get shot or something.


Nah, he did something good. Which means Fark is on his side, but he'll be fired within the week.
 
2013-10-23 11:48:51 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: "She said she found herself in a situation where she looked at her the children, "


wat?


Maybe she found herself about to make a modest proposal?
 
2013-10-23 11:49:19 AM
There's a sucker born every minute.
 
2013-10-23 11:52:09 AM

ZzeusS: change1211: But hey, this being Fark I'm sure he deserves to get shot or something.


Nah.  Thief just scammed one more person.  Good for her, I guess.


rtfa

Instead of taking Robles into custody, Thomas ran her criminal history and found nothing major. The officer saw Robles was not a habitual shoplifter, so she charged her with a misdemeanor and a notice to appear in court.

So something will now be on her record but she still got the benefit of the doubt.

Crazy.
 
2013-10-23 11:53:02 AM

INeedAName: As long as I'm occasionally giving it to people that truly need it, I don't mind being swindled out of a little cash every now and again.

But since this thread sounds like it's full of Tea Party members, I'm sure people will get at me for redistributing my wealth.


/Okay, so it's more like $1.74 and a bag of cheetos than actual wealth...


This. I gave a lady ten bucks for gas the other day.  Maybe I got scammed, maybe I didn't.  I still think my decision was the right thing, and I doubt I will ever notice the lack of the ten bucks.

But the thing that amazes me is that my religious friend who was with me at the time would give nothing and mocks me for the gift.  Since religious farkers have assured me that as an atheist I am not allowed to quote or interpret the bible, can some of you weigh in and explain how wrong I am in believing your jesus would have supported my decision?
 
2013-10-23 11:53:46 AM

styckx: I used to for for CVS for 8 years. I was an Asst Manager  of the store..  50% of my time was watching/catching shoplifters.. The more farking locks and anti-theft shiat we put on things the more they would try to steal it.  Very rarely was it for actual good. The most rage inducing was the people stealing baby formula.. They would steal it then drive down to Camden and sell it for $$ to a mom and pop bodega and buy drugs with it. Then there was the homeless people who would steal mouthwash to get drunk off of..

The most famous shoplifter we had was called "Monistat Man".. He got away with walking in with a foil lined shopping bag and filling it with vagina treatments twice before the police finally caught him.  The reason is the boxes are relatively small but a insanely high retail price for their size.  A $15 box of vag treatment will net $5 cash sold to a place in Camden.


I managed a fabric store and you wouldn't believe the things people stole. We even had a group make regular rounds of the stores trying to steal whole bolts of silky fabrics. They would slide the cardboard out and stuff the fabric in special pockets under their coats. Grannie would come in looking like a size 2 and leave looking like a size 16 in her babushka and long black coat while the other 2-3 generations would try to distract.
 
2013-10-23 11:53:49 AM

INeedAName: As long as I'm occasionally giving it to people that truly need it, I don't mind being swindled out of a little cash every now and again.

But since this thread sounds like it's full of Tea Party members, I'm sure people will get at me for redistributing my wealth.


/Okay, so it's more like $1.74 and a bag of cheetos than actual wealth...


Puffs, crunchy, or flaming hot?  I need to know before I claim my share.
 
2013-10-23 11:54:39 AM
This is indeed a hero story. the cop still did his job "charged her with a misdemeanor and a notice to appear in court"

Then he steps in an helps a family in need. It is always good to see stories like this..
 
2013-10-23 11:54:46 AM
But since this thread sounds like it's full of Tea Party members, I'm sure people will get at me for redistributing my wealth


Since it's your money, and you are deciding what to do with it...No, they won't.
 
2013-10-23 11:55:04 AM
According to police, she walked out pushing a cart filled with $300 worth of groceries for which she did not pay.

I find it hard to symphatize and feeling sorry for someone like her. If she had stole a couple bottles of milk, apples, diapers and bread I would find my heart a lot more forgiving than stealing $300 worth of groceries! I bet you she there were a lot of cookies, sodas, cake and chips in that cart!
 
2013-10-23 11:55:55 AM
I'll bet she took pics of the cop & her kids with her iPhone.
 
2013-10-23 11:56:58 AM
Officer must've been one of those rare Christians we keep hearing about.
 
2013-10-23 11:57:05 AM
Is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?  Well, suppose you got a large starving family.  Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them?  And what if your family don't like bread?  They like cigarettes?  Now, what if instead of giving them away, you sold them at a price that was practically giving them away?  Would that be a crime?
 
2013-10-23 11:58:38 AM

catmandu: styckx: I used to for for CVS for 8 years. I was an Asst Manager  of the store..  50% of my time was watching/catching shoplifters.. The more farking locks and anti-theft shiat we put on things the more they would try to steal it.  Very rarely was it for actual good. The most rage inducing was the people stealing baby formula.. They would steal it then drive down to Camden and sell it for $$ to a mom and pop bodega and buy drugs with it. Then there was the homeless people who would steal mouthwash to get drunk off of..

The most famous shoplifter we had was called "Monistat Man".. He got away with walking in with a foil lined shopping bag and filling it with vagina treatments twice before the police finally caught him.  The reason is the boxes are relatively small but a insanely high retail price for their size.  A $15 box of vag treatment will net $5 cash sold to a place in Camden.

I managed a fabric store and you wouldn't believe the things people stole. We even had a group make regular rounds of the stores trying to steal whole bolts of silky fabrics. They would slide the cardboard out and stuff the fabric in special pockets under their coats. Grannie would come in looking like a size 2 and leave looking like a size 16 in her babushka and long black coat while the other 2-3 generations would try to distract.


I believe it.. I've seen it all. And as you pointed out.. The older the people are, the more likely are to steal because they think their innocent "Grandma" look will keep you from watching them shoplift the entire cosmetics section.  I used to have stacks of court notices for these people.
 
2013-10-23 11:58:53 AM

ringersol: topcon: "Stealing $300 worth of food, though?"

That's the difference between an inexperienced person doing crime 'wrong' and a career criminal who only steals $40-60 worth of shiat, because they're totally comfortable with the idea of shoplifting whatever else they need whenever else they need it. So it actually jives with the story that she's a good person in a desperate situation.


Agreed. That, and she probably would have been able to stretch $300 worth of groceries for a few weeks, at least. She acted out of desperation, and being uncomfortable with the idea of actually stealing, why would she want to do it again anytime soon? I mean, come on.

Glad she and her kids are getting help, and major kudos to the policewoman!
 
2013-10-23 11:58:53 AM
Someone in the comments section said that $100 in groceries would barely feed one person for a week. Are people really that bad at shopping, or are groceries in the big city 10 times higher than around here? I feed 7 people (including 2 teenage boys) for around $100/wk. Granted, that doesn't include school lunch, which is about another $100/wk. Still, if you're spending $100/wk for one person, there's a lot of room to save money on your food budget and still not be eating complete crap.
 
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